Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
During these busy few days, remember to take time to relax and enjoy celebrating with family and friends!
Andrew the other reindeer.
Santa's little helper.

margie, dan, wesley and andrew.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Busy Week Ahead

What's better than starting out Christmas Week with a party featuring the Man in Red, himself?!
Last night, I took the boys to a friend's house for a fun holiday gathering.

This (above) is the only picture I got with the twins (or a twin, rather) remotely close to Santa.  I'm actually surprise Wesley isn't a blur, here. No, they weren't afraid, we were just in someone elses' house, and there were someone elses' toys to play with. 

Here's Wesley (confined) with his gift from Saint Nick and an adorable certificate stating that he was on Santa's "Good List."

Andrew attempted to finger paint an ornament at the party.
At least Andrew tried.
Wesley's ornament remained dough colored, however he embelished it with festive teeth marks that would make Department 56 jealous.

Wednesday, we are getting together with good friends for a holiday meal.  My boys get to meet my girlfriend's (~20 months old) twin girls for the first time. I'm super excited to see everyone and share some laughs.

Thurday, we have another kiddie Christmas party at my bestie's house.  I'm actually thinking of dressing up in the red suit to make a quick appearance.  Am I nuts?  I think I can pull off the Santa voice, and I am not really worried about the kids recognizing me... I'm just worried about bursting out laughing in front of everyone!
Ho Ho Ho!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

{Giveaway} Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

We have a winner!!  The lucky winner (selected via of three Romeo & Mae digital patterns is our 4th comment from "Z"!   I will be in touch with you to let you know how to receive your patterns.
Thanks to all who entered!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Haircuts and Tubbie Time

Andrew & Wesley sporting their new haircuts, 15 months old.
I've been cutting the boys hair for quite some time now.  It's funny, we have a few little friends that are a bit older than the boys and still don't have enough hair to trim!  Andrew's already had about 9 haircuts (not even joking) and Wesley only 3! What can I say... I just hate to trim those little red curls of his!
Haircuts usually take a while... like sometimes a couple of days.  Sometimes I have to do them in rounds.  It just depends on how long I can get my wiggle-worms to sit still.  As soon as they lose interest in what's going on in front of them and start grabbing for the comb, scissors or their own hair, the barbershop party is over.
After the haircuts, it's always tubbie time.  I actually remembered to bring my camera in this time.  I usually forget it during bathtime, and of course those times are when the twins do all sorts of adorable things.
Andrew and his clean, freshly cut 'do.
Just a little off the sides and back, preseving most of his curls!

Please, please, please don't forget to enter my giveaway HERE!!!  If you don't sew, maybe you know someone else that does!  You can enter up to 3 times, by leaving 3 different comments.  Good Luck!

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Visit with Santa

Second Christmas with the boys.
Second trip to see Santa.

Andrew was a bit scared, but I bribed him and his brother.

Place kids on Santa's lap. 
Insert animal crackers into kids' mouths.
Capture moment with a photo.

Perhaps I should have bribed the big man in red to smile a bit.
He looks like a kid whose parent just put him on Santa's lap!

Dont forget to enter my sewing pattern giveaway!

Friday, December 10, 2010

{Giveaway} Romeo & Mae Sewing Patterns

I'm super excited to announce Double the Giggles' first ever giveaway!  Jennifer, the crafty, clever mind behind Romeo & Mae is giving away not one, not two, but THREE of her digital sewing patterns to one lucky Double the Giggles reader!  Most of her patterns are for little girls apparel, but there are several patterns for the little men in our lives, too!  Each pattern is more adorable than the next - I can't decide which one I love more! (Although I think I can totally get away with making and wearing one of her gorgeous headbands!)
As a crafty momma, myself, I have saved some serious money by making things for my boys (bibs, burp cloths, shirts, etc.) as well as for other moms/mom's-to-be as gifts.  This is the perfect prize for someone who loves to sew or is just learning to sew.  You really can't beat something that is handmade!

You can enter to win up to three times.  Here's how:
1. Head over to Romeo & Mae's Etsy shop and come back here telling me what your favorite pattern is and who you'd make it for.

2. Follow Romeo&Mae on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me you have done so.  Don't forget to leave her some facebook love!

3. Follow Leave a comment telling me you have done so (or already are).

One lucky winner will be randomly picked on December 18th and will be announced shortly thereafter.  Entries will be accepted up until midnight, December 17th, EST.  Be sure to leave me an email address to contact you in the event that your comment is chosen! Contest open to everyone, as there is no actual 'shipping'.

Check out her blog, too!  Not only does she create adorable clothing patterns, but she is an amazing photographer!  Many thanks to Jennifer over at Romeo & Mae for participating in this giveaway!

Also, check out Sew Mama Sew for other crafty giveaways!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Weekend Getaway

This past weekend was my long overdue trip to NY to visit my good friend Eve.  We met sophomore year of college, lost touch after graduation, and were reunited once again a few years back thanks to good ol' facebook.  We have been in touch ever since. (Aww!)

Cold.  Snow.  Wind.  Flurries. Plows.
The weather in Buffalo was terrible (even for Buffalo.)
People were actually stranded on the roads for hours the night before due to the snow piling up and I was nervous about making it to the airport, let alone my flight not being cancelled.
I arrived in Newark fashionably late, and then the weekend festivities began!

This is Eve at the Union Square Craft fair.  See?  I told you she was crazy cool!

Eve's roomie works at the Empire State Building, so we got to go up with him for half price.  The best part was that we got to cut right up to the front of the line!  No waiting! 
Here's the amazingly awesome view...

Stupid me unknowingly had my camera on manual focus, so I got some great blurry shots.

Can you tell we're freezing here?

Eve showing me some NY love.

The weekend flew by, but we packed a TON in.
We ate at  some AMAZING restaurants.
If you are in NYC, you must check out Mario Batali's Eataly.  You could literally spend three days in this place; eating, grocery shopping and gawking at all the amazing products for sale.
We ate at Le Verdure, his vegetarian restaurant within Eataly, and I'm still drooling over the chickpea fritter, drenched in sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese, the mushroom-and-caramelized-onion-covered focaccia and the roasted fennel on stewed tomatoes. YUMMMMM!
We had the pleasure of dining here with Eve's friend, a former chef, who now works in NYC for Spain's Rioja wine region.
She works for the whole region.
Yes, the entire wine region.
Could there be a cooler job?
Where do I apply?

We dined and heard some great French gypsy jazz at Madame Claude's in Jersey City.
Awesome food and ambiance.
We had a mouth-watering brunch at Marco & Pepe - I highly recommend the Eggs & Toast, and the giant glaze covered Portuguese muffin.
I can actually hear myself gaining weight as I type!
Got pizza and beer with all the hipsters at Roberta's.
We took a long, cold walk across part of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Went to a soul party, featuring The Sweet Divines, an amazingly talented group of gals and soul legend Syl Johnson.  AWESOME!
Went to a record fair and scored a sweet album.
Spent half a day at Spa Castle, a huge indoor resort with saunas, hot tubs and spa treatments, galore!

Eve knows her city.
She loves her city.
...and I'm glad she shared it with me for just a few days!

Are you ready to get your craft on?
Check back this Friday for a Double the Giggles giveaway!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I ♥ NY

It's almost here!
One more day and then my little weekend getaway!
Well deserved, I think.
Check that. I KNOW.
(I'm a momma to twins!)

Headed to the Big Apple.
(Er, Jersey City. Close enough.)
Dan is on single parent duty for the weekend.
Can he handle it?
He's a pro with the boys.

I'll be visiting my girlfriend Eve, who is quite possibly one of coolest chickies I know.
We plan on shopping.
Drinking some cocktails.
Seeing the holiday sights.
Texting home to see how everyone is holding up without mom around. 


Will I miss my guys?
All three of 'em.
Do I feel guilty for leaving?
Should I?
I don't.
I worked hard for this.
I earned this.
I'm soooo going to have a blast!

What do YOU do (or have you done) to recharge your mom-of-multiples batteries?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tree vs. Twins

The twins, looking for the tastiest ornaments.
After doing a bit of research on toddlers and Christmas trees, we put up our tree this weekend and left the bottom foot and a half free of ornaments.  Little did I know that the boys would reach up and help themselves anyway.  Hopefully we make it through this holiday season without any tree pull-overs or ornament breakage.  We can block off this room if we need to, but hopefully the boys and the tree will learn to live together.   Peacefully.
I  plan on filling a basket with silk (safe) ornaments for them to play with. 
Somebody tell him these aren't real marshmallows.
Confirmation that I didn't hang the ornaments high enough.
The finished tree

Our stockings, ready to be filled with goodies ;)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

My brother Joey (yes, you were still called 'Joey' back then!) and I on Thanksgiving, 1980.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Monday, November 22, 2010

{Photos} Christmas Card Photos

I got a bit lazy and only did one outdoor photo sesh of the boys for our Christmas cards this year.
(Speaking of lazy, post much, Marge?)
I promise I'll put forth more effort for next year's card.
And maybe they'll both actually look at the camera...
at the same time...
standing next to each other.
Nah, who am I kidding?
For now, I'm using one shot of each of them.
Looking super cute and crisp and cool.
Here are the winning photos:
Mr. Dubs, looking quite dapper.

Mr. Drewbug,  as charming as always.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

{Holiday Photo Time}

Remember this card (and post) from last year??

Alright, I don't ever get  brand specific on this blog, but I wanted to share a great offer with all of my blogger friends, as well as my other dedicated visitors.  Shutterfly, which is a great photo company you have probably already heard of, is offering bloggers 50 free photocards just for doing a little bragging on their behalf... which isn't hard to do.  They really don't have to twist my arm.  Really.  I have used Shutterfly for several years now and am always pleased with the final results.  Whether it was for Christmas photo cards, regular old prints, photobooks or photo calendars (which, by the way, the grandparents LOVED last year!!), their products are of the highest quality and do not dissappoint.  Shutterfly also makes it super easy to upload your favorite photos and play around with them until you get the perfect look for your cards.
I think I'm in love with their new flat stationery cards, and I'm pretty sure I'll be ordering a bundle of these once I'm able to capture my two little buggers in just the right crisp, cheery holiday expression!  That's an experience for another post. 
So here's the deal, my dear Blogger friends.   If you have a blog and would like 50 free holiday cards, all you need to do is go HERE, fill out the form, (read the fine print so there will be no surprises), mention them in a blog post and they'll send you a promo code for some of their fabulous cards.
Simple enough, huh?
I thought so.
Take advantage of this!
Do it.
Who doesn't like free stuff, especially when its really nice free stuff?
Oh yeah, good luck trying to decide on your favorite Shutterfly card style.
I've narrowed it down to a at least dozen!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Child Labor

Now if only I could get them to sort, wash and fold, we'd be in business.  Why can't I ever have this much fun with the laundry basket?

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Impossible Photo

Could it be that the twins are FINALLY starting to understand cameras?  In the past 2 days, I've managed to get several pictures of them, both looking in the same direction!

Okay, so they aren't looking right at the camera.  They are looking at a goofy stuffed animal strategically placed on my head, but I'll take it!

By the way, this is where we spend most of our time now; sitting in a crate full of books.

{Makes My Monday} Great Grandma's 90th Birthday

The twins' Great Grandma turns 90 this week!
You read right.
Nine. Zero.
I can't even imagine all the things she has seen in her lifetime...

We had a small celebration for her yesterday at a relative's house.  There to celebrate with her were her children, her children's children, and her children's children's children.
(Umm, that's her kids, grandkids and great grandkids!)
Of course, I got to bring the cupcakes!

I managed to snap a few shots with my dinky camera... my good Nikon is still in the shop (Grrrr.)
LOVE LOVE LOVE Gram's face in this one!  She looks super excited for her party!
Grandma Julia with some of her super adorable Great Grandchildren. 
Only five candles.  Didn't want to have to call the fire department! 
The twins would not sit still, so this is the best we could do for a pic with Great Grandma.
We even squeezed in (literally) a family photo.  Only missing a few of the entire gang.
Celebrating such a family milestone makes my Monday!
Happy 90th Birthday, Grandma Julie!

(Play along weekly w/Cheryl at Twinfatuation, and share what makes YOUR Monday!)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Surgery Day

Yesterday was Andrew's surgery.  We waited for several hours before he was taken in.  With no nap, no food in his belly and knowing what lay ahead, this was quite a long day.

While we waited, we explored the halls of the hospital.  This kid put on some serious miles!
There is Andrew on the far left with one of the resident doctors, off to the OR...  If you zoom in, he is screaming his face off.  They assured us he would be asleep within a few minutes.

We waited about three hours to see our little guy.  When we finally got to his room, all he wanted to do was to be held.
So Daddy held him...

...and Mommy held him.

And Nana held him, too.

Andrew hasn't sat this still in a looong time!  It was nice to cuddle with him again!

By bedtime he was quite comfortable, a little loopy from the meds, and ready to play.
We got home this morning after a long night of interrupted hospital sleep. 

Wesley has spent the past few days playing musical cribs at Nana and Papa's and Grandma and Grandpa's houses.  We are looking forward to the twins reuniting again this evening.  We can all tell that they miss one another.